Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Douglas Smith

The riveting and harrowing tale of the Russian the Aristocracy stuck within the upheaval of the Revolution

Winner of the Pushkin condominium Russian booklet Prize
Named a top e-book of the 12 months by way of The Kansas urban Star and Salon

Epic in scope, certain intimately, and heartbreaking in its human drama, Former People is the 1st ebook to recount the background of the aristocracy stuck up within the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the construction of Stalin's Russia. it's the tale of the way a centuries-old elite, recognized for its glittering wealth, its provider to the tsar and empire, and its promoting of the humanities and tradition, was once dispossessed and destroyed besides the remainder of previous Russia. Chronicling the destiny of 2 nice aristocratic families―the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns―it finds how even within the darkest depths of the fear, way of life went on.

Told with sensitivity and nuance by means of acclaimed historian Douglas Smith, Former People is the dramatic portrait of 2 of Russia's strongest aristocratic households and a sweeping account in their fatherland in violent transition.

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